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how to attach attachments in start and wait for flow approval email

Hi,

 

I have a simple expesne form added with few drop-downs, text and date columns using a custom SP list. Also, I have a simple flow setup which triggers on item created and sends an approval email out to the supervisor using 'Start and Wait for an approval' action.

 

Users attach attachments when they submit an expense using the form. Is there a way to read these attachments and include them with the approval action email sent out to Supervisor so that way supervisor does not have to go into SharePoint to look for attachments on display form of this submission.

 

P.S: the goal is to include attachments for flow approval "Start and wait for an approval" action not a regular send an email action. 

 

Can someone assist if its doable, thanks.

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@dmistry :

 

You cannot attach files to an approval.  My suggestion is to include a link to SharePoint list item (available in Dynamic properties).  From there, the approver can click on each attachment to open.

 

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@dmistry :

 

You cannot attach files to an approval.  My suggestion is to include a link to SharePoint list item (available in Dynamic properties).  From there, the approver can click on each attachment to open.

 

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Scott

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How would you insert direct links to attachments as you suggested? I know I can add a link to the item which takes the approver to Sharepoint, they would scroll down and see the attachments listed. But how do I get those links into the Approvals detail field so the approver doesn't have to jump over to Sharepoint? And assume I don't know how many attachments there will be.

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@sxt173 

My suggestion is to include a link to the SharePoint list item and not the attachments.  If you provide a link to the item, the attachments will be list and can be accessed with one mouse click.  The details section can be formatted using Markdown.

The syntax for adding a link is:

[Link Text](Link URL) 

 Additional info on Markdown can be found here.

 

Markdown1.jpgMarkdown2.jpgMarkdown3.jpg

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Just a note of caution when using a parallel approval flow using links to a document. I have encountered numerous fails due to the fact that once the link is used, it locks the document for all the other members of the approval stream and causes the flow to either repeatedly loop back to the approver if the document is open or fail completely due to the locked document issue. If anyone else has experienced the same and knows how to overcome this issue it would be much appreciated. 

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